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OVENGWA

(Ov-in-WAY)
Variations: Owang
In Africa, ovengwa is a word used to describe a vampiric spirit, a "terrible catcher and eater of the dead." An ovengwa is the returned soul of a deceased man. It is described to be as tall as a tree and winking all the time. It preys on humans, draining their blood and energy (see ENERGY VAMPIRE). Source: Africa and Its Exploration, 102; Bettany, Primitive Religions, 73; Masters, Natural History of the Vampire, 48
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